Though Kate Helm states she was the “accident child” of her family with three older sisters and one older brother, she is certainly no accident to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Chemistry, and postgraduate studies emphasizing organic chemistry as well as being an American Chemical Society certified Chemist, Kate definitely had the “smarts” for overseeing the agency’s baseline water quality rule.  

Hired in 2014, she came to the WOGCC with in-depth knowledge of water and soil chemistry having worked for two environmental labs in Wyoming in positions ranging from organic chemist to project manager and lab manager. Prior to these positions, she worked in quality control for a pharmaceutical company in Colorado. Today, Kate not only oversees the WOGCC’s baseline water quality rule but also handles trade secrets, spills and incidents, idle wells and mechanical integrity tests (MITs) along with special projects. 

When Kate isn’t at the office, she and her husband Tyson can be found outside hunting, fishing, or hiking.  Their children are furry babies, two dogs named Sequoia and Tikka.  Tikka, a black lab, is a champion “dock jumper” and competes throughout the state and nationally. Sequoia, a sweet chocolate lab, is the vocal cheerleader for Tikka!

Another passion of Kate’s has been a life-long one.  Pretty much from birth, she has been involved with volleyball. And, that’s a darn good thing since Kate is every bit of 6 feet tall.  She played the sport for 10 years, coached for eight and has been actively officiating over 20 years. 

A woman of many talents, Kate is no accident to us. In fact, around here, we like to think Kate was very well meant to “be!”